SODIPA goal is to offer a channel for dialogue and unity between and among the priests of the Diocese.
The objectives of SODIPA are:
i. To promote unity and mutual understanding among Diocesan Priests of Soroti Catholic Diocese.
ii. To promote unity and mutual understanding among Diocesan Priests and the Bishop(s) of the Diocese.
iii. To enable Diocesan Priests share pastoral experiences, methods, research and ideas for more effective evangelization.
iv. To enable diocesan priests find ways and means of helping, encouraging and supporting each other spiritually, intellectually and materially.
v. To encourage Diocesan priests inform themselves about current issues and find ways of confronting the contemporary world, basing themselves on the real, pastoral needs of the times.
vi. To find ways and means of assisting diocesan priests in their social and material needs for a better fulfillment of their pastoral duties and other responsibilities.
vii. To protect and promote rights and freedoms of the individual members of Diocesan priests’ Association.
viii. To promote the fundamental duties of every diocesan priest and the fulfillment of the Universal regulation regarding the life and ministry of priests.
ix. To respect and promote the democratic principles and process in the deliberations and operations of SODIPA.
2. SODIPA TODAY
Today, SODIPA membership has 77 priests and two bishops. 69 of the priests are working within the Diocese and 08 are serving or studying outside the Diocese. The Diocese has three diocesan priests who are out of service. See attached list of Diocesan clergy.
SODIPA affairs are managed by an executive committee and two working committees, namely, the Projects Committee and the Spirituality and Welfare Committee.
2.3. Statutory Documents:
SODIPA is fully registered with the Registrar of Companies (2016).
SODIPA has a constitution in place.
One plot has a land title.
3. SODIPA SWOT
i. Motivated members and leaders who cherish and make sacrifices to build priestly fraternity;
ii. Bishop member;
iii. Seasoned exemplary priests who act as role models;
iv. Legally registered;
v. Owns two plots of land: one opposite Soroti University and the other next to Holy Angels College in Madera;
vi. Priests’ House on Gweri Rd, main street;
vii. Own local sources of income (membership subscription fee, local church contributions);
viii. A hostel project is under construction (roofed).
i. National programs for ongoing formation of priests;
ii. Monthly prayer meetings;
iii. Diocesan retreats;
vi. Good will of the laity;
vii. Projects proposal writing.
i. Reaching out to individual member priests and presbyteries in need spiritual and social welfare support.
ii. Enhancing regular communication with and among members, to share updates on key pastoral and spirituality issues.
iii. Conducting joint prayer programs.
iv. Developing identified low risk income generating projects (tree planting and real estate).